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W. Bahr el Ghazal state allows open debate on federalism


AUGUST 16, 2014 (WAU) – Authorities in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state have openly declared that citizens are free to openly debate on the controversial proposal for a federalism system of government.

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Members of the public attend a rally in Western Bahr el Ghazal state capital Wau on 16 August 2014 (ST)

Speaking at a public rally in the capital, Wau, the minister for public service, Monica Sabino Madut said citizens were free to debate on federalism provided they consider the system ideal.

“We in the government of Western Bahr el Ghazal state are very anxious to tell our people the difference between federalism and the decentralisation governing system on which our country is currently being run,” said Madut.

Different political parties attended the rally, which witnessed lectures from Boutros Mongu Nam, a political science professor at Bahr El Ghazal University.

“Federalism system is well-developed in western nations such as the United State of America, Switzerland, Germany and other countries in the world,” said Nam.

He however stressed that the current decentralisation system in South Sudan was better for a new nation to first establish its economy and improve its physical infrastructures.

“It is too early for South Sudan to over-estimate its services to the people,” said Nam.
The governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal is among the leaders opposed to a federal system of government in the world’s youngest nation, while other consider it a system to divide and rule people.

In June, South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said citizens be allowed to decide on how they wanted to be governed and stressing that federalism should not be imposed onto them. He observed that a federalism system was what southern Sudan demanded for from Sudan during the 1947 Juba conference.

The framers of South Sudan’s 2011 transitional constitution avoided mention of federalism and instead opted for a nominally decentralised system.


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  • 17 August 2014 09:11, by Guandong

    We work for 8 yrs n there was no change interms of infrastructure n governing system. Now its a time for Federalism governance system to take place.
    There is no question or doubt about Federalism. Its the best system despite ur worried about lack of resources in Baharelgazal. No, we shall give u some percentages.
    n ur ground nuts will cover some part.

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    • 17 August 2014 19:38, by Marco A. Wek

      Ruach, unity State was given 2% to build his state and what did he do? Those thieves who rebelled rubbed South Sudan more than than those in the government.

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  • 17 August 2014 18:46, by Nyesi Ta

    Yes, my brother, there is no question of our generosity, they (BGs) shall be apportioned some percentages and its up to them to loot it or use it for the welfare of the people in their federal states. Since looting and corruption is the normal culture I doubt they will do anything in terms of development other than playing mungula, cards, chess, etc., while other states develop.

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